Free Weather Website Templates

They're free, but use at your own risk

The scripts referenced here are used in the operation of this weather station, and may be freely copied and used to support your station. Please note that you use these scripts at your own risk. No warranty is expressed or implied. I accept no liability for any damages that may ensue from their use.
You will need to configure them for your own particular weather station website.
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A Version History is available -- check back from time to time to see if there are updates to scripts you have downloaded earlier. Announcements of version updates and new scripts are made on and Weather-Watch forums and saratogaWXPHP Twitter account as they become available.

This page was updated Wednesday, 27-May-2020 8:58 AM

PHP/AJAX Website Template Sets

This template set is based on the original HTML-only Carterlake WD templates with the addition of AJAX real-time updates and a full-PHP modular website design incorporating the TNETweather modular site design. The templates use a modified weather-screen.css to implement a fixed-width (800px) website or full-width design with built-in color/width style changer. Using PHP allows this template to require only one file to be uploaded through your weather software for symbolic substitution for weather conditions. The AJAX JavaScript reads a separate, frequently uploaded, conditions file produced by your weather software to dynamically update selected parts of the HTML on the pages to reflect really current conditions at your location.

The templates are grouped into three basic versions based on geographic location, and include the support scripts needed for that geography:

  • USA-template (for USA, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands)
  • Canada-Multingual template English/French (for Canada)
  • World-Multilingual template (for non-USA, non-Canada)

Plugins are available for weather station software:

  • New! Network (requires userid on AND DeviceID AND apiKey)
  • Cumulus 1 or CumulusMX
  • Meteobridge
  • Meteohub
  • Virtual Weather Station
  • Weather-Display
  • WeatherCat (Version V0.95, Build 152 or later) (Successor product to Lightsoft Weather Center (LWC))
  • WeatherLink
  • (requires a userid/password on AND DeviceID, Key for station)
  • WeatherSnoop (Version 2.1.1 or later)
  • wview
  • WxSolution

A complete template consists of a Base (determined by your geographical location) and a Plugin for your specific weather software.

Main features of the template set:

  • Modular structure for display pages on website with primary areas (top, header, sidebar, footer) controlled by included parts so global changes can be easily made to one file and shown on all pages in the site.
  • A 4-level CSS-based flyout-menu system controlled by specification in one XML file.
  • Built-in theme switcher allowing optional viewer control over website color scheme and wide/narrow aspect (with user preferences remembered by browser cookie)
  • Built-in multilingual translation capability for single-phrase lookup (English to target language) and entire-page fixed content translation.
  • Integrated support scripts for forecasts, alerts, and earthquake information appropriate to the geography selected.
  • Built-in optional debugging displays for remote site support.
  • Validated XHTML 1.0-Transitional HTML and CSS 2.1
Base Templates (images shown with VWS-plugin active)
USA template demo - click to see Canada template demo - click to see World template demo - click to see

USA languages included:
(but may add language plugins)

Canada languages included:
English, Français,

World languages included:
English, Afrikaans, български език, Català, Dansk, Nederlands, Suomi, Français, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Italiano, עִבְרִית. Norsk, Polski, Português, limba română, Español, Svenska, Slovenščina

Additional live sample (Base-USA) sites with other weather software plugins:
CumulusMX | Meteobridge | |


Please follow the links below for information, download and installation/configuration guidance.

Version history (latest 20 updates)

  • Version 3.340 - 02-May-2021 (Base-USA) updated wxnwsradar-inc.php, wxnwsradar-iframe.php V2.01 to add composite radar images to list for display
  • Version 3.339 - 19-Apr-2021 (Base-Canada) updated wxecradar-iframe.php V1.01 to have additional diagnostics for image list fetch from Environment Canada site
  • Version 3.338 - 14-Apr-2021 (Base-*) updated check-fetch-times.php V1.42 for additional version checks;
    (Base-Canada) added wxecradar*.php script set to display Environment Canada radar .gif images using HAniS JavaScript
  • Version 3.337 - 06-Apr-2021 (Base-*) updated check-fetch-times.php V1.41 for additional version checks;
    (Base-USA) updated USA-regional-maps-inc.php V1.03 to use NWS regional loops from, updated wxnwsradar.php V2.01, wxnwsradar-inc.php V2.00, wxnwsradar-iframe.php V2.00 to use NEXRAD images from
  • Version 3.336 - 12-Feb-2021 (Base-*) updated get-UV-forecast-inc.php V1.09 to use https to site
  • Version 3.335 - 08-Feb-2021 (Base-USA) updated NWS-regional-radar-animate.php V1.03 to add cache busting / expires headers and fix one typo in tables
  • Version 3.334 - 01-Feb-2021 (Base-*) updated get-metar-conditions-inc.php V1.19 to correct code for Ice Pellets from 'PE' to 'PL' (thanks to Jim of
  • Version 3.333 - 27-Jan-2021 (Base-Canada) updated ec-radar.php V2.06 with allowed sites listing and a parse fix for source page charset
  • Version 3.332 - 26-Jan-2021 (Base-*) updated check-fetch-times.php V1.40 to show additional PHP/site info; (Base-USA) updated NWS-regional-radar-animate.php V1.02 to add error messages on "Not Available" image
  • Version 3.331 - 12-Jan-2021 (Base-*) deprecated swfobject.js, wxlive.php as Adobe Flash is discontinued, update check-fetch-times.php V1.39 for Flash deprecation;
    (Base-USA) update NWS-regional-radar-animate.php V1.01 to fix issues with null parameters and add Last-modified header
  • Version 3.330 - 06-Jan-2021 (Base-USA) add NWS-regional-radar-animate.php V1.00, update USA-regional-maps-inc.php V1.02, update wxnwsradar.php V2.00, deprecate wxnwsradar-inc.php and wxnwsradar-iframe.php, update check-fetch-times.php V1.38 for new animated GIF regional radar maps from
  • Version 3.329 - 01-Jan-2021 (Base-World) update WC-forecast.php V1.05 to fix PoP display on forecast icon (by rounding PoP to nearest tens)
  • Version 3.328 - 17-Dec-2020 (Base-USA) update USA-regional-maps-inc.php V1.01 to address loss of regional composite radar images from
  • Version 3.327 - 07-Dec-2020 (Base-*) update common.php V1.11 and flyout-menu.php V1.09 for PHP 8.0.0 compatibility
  • Version 3.326 - 15-Jul-2020 (Base-USA) update advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.17 for improved error handling, curl logging capability and to use GeoJSON queries w/new cache filenames
  • Version 3.325 - 07-Jul-2020 (Base-*) update quake-json.js V1.01 to fix window.onload interference with sorttable function
  • Version 3.324 - 30-Jun-2020 (Base-*) update quake-json.php V3.03 to fix translation HTML validation and add $SITE['USGStranslate'] Settings.php capability
  • Version 3.323 - 27-Jun-2020 (Base-*) update quake-json.php V3.02 to provide location name translation (e.g. Hawaiian 'P?hala' with 'Pāhala' )
  • Version 3.322 - 25-Jun-2020 (Base-USA) update advforecast2.php V5.15 for diagnostic info to help diagnose Akamai cache issues from site
  • Version 3.321 - 10-Jun-2020 (Base-*) update check-fetch-times.php V1.37 for additional diagnostics;
    (Base-USA) update wxindex.php (V1.04), Settings.php (V1.03) and add USA-regional-maps-inc.php (V1.00) for NWS Regional Radar map replacing WU Radar maps (now no longer working) on (wx)index.php above dashboard.

A full version history is available here.

Current Template Website Statistics

Numbers are counts of template websites by template version (V2, V3) and weather software used by the website.

Weather Software V2 V3 Total
(Regional Site) 21 6 27 --- 12 12
Cumulus --- 60 60
Meteobridge --- 26 26
Meteohub --- 10 10
VWS --- 15 15
Weather-Display 133 340 473
WeatherCat --- 11 11
WeatherLink --- 13 13 --- 3 3
WeatherSnoop --- 1 1
WsWIN --- 1 1
sint wind pi --- 1 1
weewx --- 1 1
wview --- 5 5
Totals:  154 505 659

Note: Regional Weather Network sites do not run weather station software, but do use the V2 or V3 template set. V2 template sets were based using Weather-Display software only.

Acknowledgements and thanks!